World Traveler Week 2024 - Kukui'ula


      World Traveler Week

      Monday, August 12th – Saturday, August 17th, 2024

        Paniolo Sessions


          Ala Kine Tacos + El Tequileño Tequila

          Monday, August 12th
          4:30pm – 7pm

          Join us poolside for a spectacular evening at our Ala Kine Taco Bar featuring El Tequileño Tequila! Antonio “Tony” Salles, a third-generation master distiller, will be on property to share his expertise and passion for tequila. Enjoy sampling a variety of El Tequileño tequilas and cocktails while savoring Chef Ben’s taco creations of the day. In fall 2024, Kukui’ula will be introducing our own labeled El Tequileño Tequila, and Tony will extend an exclusive invitation to our members and attendees for a trip to Tequila, Mexico. Experience the hospitality of the El Tequileño Hotel and partake in a private tour and a day of distilling our own private-label tequila. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to indulge in world-class flavors and embark on an unforgettable adventure!

            Master Class w/ Master Sommelier Chris Ramelb

            Tuesday, August 13th

            Bubbles of the World Master Class
            3:00pm – 4:30pm
            ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar

            Join us for the Bubbles of the World Master Class with one of the four Master Sommeliers in Hawaiʻi – Chris Ramelb. In this classroom-style event, participants will explore the fascinating world of sparkling wines and champagnes. Learn about the intricate processes behind their creation and taste the differences alongside a true expert.

            Mix with a Master
            Member Mixer
            4:30pm – 6pm
            Plantation House

            Shortly after our Bubbles of the World Master Class, enjoy sparkling wines and pūpū while mixing and mingling with Master Sommelier Chris Ramelb.

              Managiere e Bere! Cooking Demo w/ Chef Giancarla Bodoni

              Wednesday, August 14th
              11:00am – 2:00pm
              The Farm

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                Country Line Dancing w/ VanNghi

                Wednesday, August 14th
                5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
                Hiʻilani Spa Movement Studio

                Dust off your boots and shake a leg as you learn some new moves prior to the Grand Event on Saturday night with some line dancing with local teacher VanNghi.

                  Reggaelates w/ Sienna

                  Thursday, August 15th
                  Time TBC
                  Hiʻilani Spa Movement Studio

                  Get transported to Jamaica during this dynamic fitness class, created and trademarked by Kukui’ula’s Director of Wellness, Sienna Creasy. In this Reggaelates class – a fusion of Pilates and Yoga – you’ll activate your core, work up a sweat, and get inspired by reggae rhythms.

                    Hali'imaile Distilling Company Chef's Dinner

                    Thursday, August 15th
                    ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar

                    This intimate dinner will feature a delectable four-course meal crafted by Kukui’ula’s culinary team, perfectly paired with handcrafted spirits from Maui’s Hali’imaile Distilling Company. With space limited to just 24 participants, you’ll enjoy an evening of exceptional cuisine and authentic Hawaiian-inspired drinks in a cozy setting.

                      World Yoga w/ Amanda

                      Friday, August 16th
                      Time TBC
                      Hiʻilani Spa Movement Studio

                        Interactive Wine Seminar w/ Wine Maker Terry Culton (Willamette Valley Vineyards)

                        Friday, August 16th
                        3pm – 4:30pm
                        The Plantation House

                        As a distinguished winemaker, Terry will lead participants through a delightful wine-tasting experience featuring an estate pinot noir, whole cluster pinot noir, pinot gris, and riesling from Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon. Discover the nuances and craftsmanship behind these exceptional wines in an engaging and educational setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste and learn from one of Oregon’s finest vintners.

                        2024 World Traveler

                        Grand Event

                        Saturday, August 17th
                        5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

                        Saddle up for the party of the summer at Kukuiʻula, where Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriters will serenade you with top hits from the likes of Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, Jewel, and more. The evening’s culinary experience will feature global food stations, from the sun-kissed flavors of Spain to the vibrant flavors of Italy by guest chef Giancarla Bodoni, offering a tantalizing journey for the palate.

                        Embracing the Western spirit, our Grand Event pays homage to Hawaiʻi’s Paniolo heritage, infusing every aspect of the event with a touch of rustic charm and cowboy flair. Dust off your boots, grab your hat, and join us for an unforgettable evening under the starry Kauaian sky.

                          Antonio "Tony" Salles


                            Chris Ramelb, Master Sommelier

                            “Chris Ramelb, MS a native son of Kaua’I earned a Computer Science degree at University of Hawaii-Manoa and started his wine career as a business analyst at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. He has twice since represented Hawaii at the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs National Young Somm competition and earned the coveted Johnston Medal in 2016, achieving the highest score for all Advanced Sommelier examinations in the world. After stints at two legendary Honolulu based restaurants: Vino Italian Tapas and Alan Wong’s, he took the post of opening Wine Director at Senia, where he helped earn the restaurant a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant” and a spot in Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 “America’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants”. He rejoined Southern Glazer’s as the Restaurant Sales Manager and Director of Wine Education in 2018, the same year he passed the Master Sommelier examination (1 of only 4 in Hawaii).”

                              Chef Giancarala Bodoni


                                Liz Rose


                                  Terry Culton, Willamette Valley Vineyards


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                                  Kukui‘ula embodies Ho‘okipa—heartfelt Hawaiian hospitality. We invite you to join us by staying connected. And don’t worry! We promise to only send you the good stuff.


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                                  Kukui‘ula embodies Ho‘okipa—heartfelt Hawaiian hospitality. We invite you to join us by staying connected. And don’t worry! We promise to only send you the good stuff.


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